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Temporary online learning extended

Update regarding extension of online learning

Posted January 22, 2021

At this time, we do not expect that schools will resume in-person learning until the end of the provincial emergency orders on February 11, 2021, at the earliest. 

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Temporary online learning extended until Jan. 29, 2021

Posted January 20, 2021

Public Health has instructed the UGDSB that the current measures in place for online learning in the UGDSB will be extended until at least January 29. 

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Information for schools following expanded provincial restrictions 

Posted January 13, 2021

On Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021, the provincial government announced new restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. As part of that announcement, information was shared that affects Ontario schools, and we would like to provide the details that have been announced so far to all Upper Grand DSB families.

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No additional board-wide survey, reorganization in elementary schools

Posted January 12, 2021

The Upper Grand District School Board would like to inform all elementary school families that there will be no additional “intent to change learning modes” survey for elementary students. What this means is that there will not be another board-wide reorganization in elementary schools at this time.  

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UGDSB and PIC to host virtual parent engagement events in the new year

Posted January 11, 2021

The Upper Grand District School Board and Parent Involvement Committee are hosting virtual events for parents/guardians throughout the remainder of the school year.

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Resource: Mental Health and COVID-19 for Caregivers

Posted January 8, 2021

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the sense of added responsibility can be stressful. Please see this parent resource for coping strategies to deal with the stress and uncertainty. 

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Public Health officials instruct schools to continue online learning until Jan. 24, 2021

Posted January 7, 2021

Public health officials have instructed all schools within our region to continue online learning until at least Jan. 24, 2021. 

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Upcoming Parent Engagement Sessions

Posted January 6, 2021

Upcoming Parent Engagement Sessions

Want more information on curriculum, mental health or special education? Check out these upcoming parent engagement sessions offered by the UGDSB Parent Involvement Committee. Upcoming Parent Engagement Sessions

#UGUmbrella – This January we are looking at self-compassion 

Posted January 5, 2021

It’s safe to say that we can often be our own worst critic and because of this, this January we are looking at self-compassion. Self-compassion is the care we offer ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve. It’s about being kind to yourself even when things don’t go as planned. Learn more about self-compassion on the UGDSB website. 

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JANUARY is the time to carry out your Eco Resolutions!

Posted January 4, 2021

  JANUARY is the time to carry out your Eco Resolutions!  “There will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050” Dame Ellen MacArthur It’s a brand new year and the perfect time for positive change. For example, let’s end plastic pollution. Based on the daily news, it’s never been ...

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Talking About Mental Health: Self Compassion

Posted January 4, 2021

January 2021 Talking About Mental Health: Self Compassion Welcome back from the Winter Break.  This has been a different break than any other year we can remember.  We all had to adjust to different traditions, different expectations, different connections, different situations to manage in our lives.  January is the beginning of a ...

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UGDSB Before and/or After School Program (BASP) Survey for Parents/Guardians of Students in JK to Grade 5

Posted January 4, 2021

UGDSB Before and/or After School Program (BASP) Survey for Parents/Guardians of Students in JK to Grade 5 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:   

 

Starting January 5, 2021, a Before and/or After School Program (BASP) survey will be opened for parents and guardians of new JK/SK students registering for September ...

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UGDSB Kindergarten registration runs January 5-22, 2021 

Posted January 4, 2021

Registration for new UGDSB Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) students for September 2021 will take place between January 5-22, 2021. 

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UPDATE: Information about inappropriate emails

Posted January 1, 2021

The following is an update on addressing the mass distribution of inappropriate emails from New Year’s Eve.

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Families requiring a Chromebook for online learning

Posted December 28, 2020

Parents/Guardians   On Monday Dec. 21, the provincial government announced that schools in Ontario will move temporarily to remote learning following the winter break. Following the announcement, the Ministry of Education confirmed to school boards that all elementary and secondary students will temporarily shift to remote learning starting ...

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Information for students/parents about temporary remote learning starting Jan. 4, 2021

Posted December 28, 2020

As communicated last week, the provincial government has directed schools in Ontario to move temporarily to remote learning following the winter break. All UGDSB elementary and secondary students will begin the new year working remotely, with the exception of DD classes (please see below for further details). UGDSB elementary schools will participate in remote ...

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Information about in-person learning for students in DD classes

Posted December 28, 2020

As you know, the message from the Minister of Education is that elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning from January 4-8 (elementary) and January 4-22 (secondary). In-person instruction will not be permitted during this period. However, school boards have been required to make provisions for in-person ...

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UGDSB schools to shift temporarily to remote learning starting Jan. 4, 2021

Posted December 21, 2020

On Monday Dec. 21, the provincial government announced that schools in Ontario will move temporarily to remote learning following the winter break. Following the announcement, the Ministry of Education confirmed to school boards that all elementary and secondary students will temporarily shift to remote learning starting on January 4, 2021. UGDSB elementary ...

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Let’s be generous this December- Help support our local foodbank

Posted December 7, 2020

Can we fill Mr. K's truck with canned food? Can we raise some money to send a cheque to the foodbank? We are going to do a COVID ...

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Reaching out for support

Posted December 1, 2020

December can be a difficult time for many of us and for many reasons. More than ever, now is the time reach out if you need support and to look out for friends and family who may need support. 

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#UGUmbrella – Imagine what others may be going through, this December we look at Empathy

Posted November 30, 2020

The Umbrella Project, founded by Dr. Jen Forristal, features monthly themes, activities and curriculum links to support students and staff as they focus on wellness.

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Feedback welcome on board Policy 503 – Safe Schools

Posted November 25, 2020

The Upper Grand District School Board is welcoming public feedback on board Policy 503 – Safe Schools. The deadline to provide feedback is January 19 at 4pm.

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Important changes on bus cancellation days and inclement weather days in the UGDSB

Posted November 20, 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, there are changes to bus cancellation and inclement weather days in the Upper Grand District School Board in the 2020-21 school year. 

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health letter to the community

Posted November 18, 2020

Dr. Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has shared a letter with important information for the community regarding COVID-19. 

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Letter from the Director: Elementary school staffing and organization

Posted November 11, 2020

This letter is to provide all parents/guardians in the Upper Grand District School Board with information on changes required in our elementary schools following the survey that allowed students to switch between in-person and remote learning. 

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UGUmbrella: The quality of being thankful – this November we celebrate Gratitude

Posted November 2, 2020

The theme for November is Gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. It is an essential skill that helps us keep our focus on what we have, instead of what we do not have. This skill is especially important at a time when there are so many restrictions in ...

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Parent Webinars

Posted October 30, 2020

A series of short webinars are being made available this month. Topics include: Building Mindfulness in Children Positive Parenting Strategies Supporting Children with Anxiety Taking Care Of You So You Can Be The Best Parent You Can Be! Strategies to Support Learning at Home K-3 Full Details can be accessed at this .Nov Parent Webinars 2020 ...

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Treaties Recognition Week

Posted October 30, 2020

Treaties Recognition Week is celebrated in Ontario the first week of November each year. This year it will be from November 2-6.

Ontario has passed legislation to bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people ...

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Police Presence in Schools town hall and survey info

Posted October 19, 2020

Please read the following for information on the UGDSB’s Police Presence in Schools virtual town hall and survey.

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Survey to request change between in-person and remote learning (Oct. 14-21)

Posted October 13, 2020

To request a change between in-person and remote learning, elementary parents/guardians must complete the Intent to Change Survey between October 14-21. The deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 21 at 4pm.

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